If you haven’t started watching Star Trek: Picard on Amazon Prime yet, then you’re missing out. This is not the glib, reassuring Star Trek of the Next Gen years, nor the silliness of the recent Discovery series. No. Star Trek: Picard is proper high-concept science fiction. Hallelujah. Rejoice! All if forgiven. There is a subtlety to the whole undertaking that also sets the series apart from the rest: the intertextuality (or metatextuality) of Patrick Stewart being so old (79!) and taking part in possibly his last series, just as Picard is taking part in his last mission. It’s so poignant and resonant – and we really don’t want it to end, do we? – that every second is tragically gripping. And Stewart has finally been given a script that his towering talent and experience deserves (he’s a Shakespearean actor, after all)!!!
Picard is visited by a young girl who has been sent by Data. Data is dead! No!!! Turns out: the girl is his daughter! (But how?) Then the girl is murdered in front of Picard by some black ops team. WTF is going on? The show, brilliantly, gives us clues but refuses to provide clunky exposition. Michael Chabon, thank you: thank you for knowing the beats of suspense and genre. Finally we have a decent writer! Could you write some Doctor Who next? It would really help us out.
The Romulans have been displaced. Romulus has been destroyed. Cue celebrations! Right? Hmm. Genocide is bad. Right? But the fugitive Romulans are still just as subversive as ever. Bastards.
Picard realises he’ll have to come out of his self-imposed retirement – he owes it to Data – as it seems there’s a second daughter… who has been built upon his original code… meaning that a part of Data might still exist… possibly to be reconstituted????
But the Federation is no longer a friend to Picard. It’s political ethos has shifted – so it’s at odds with the too-tolerant nature of Picard. Or have the Romulans subverted the Federation with spies, etc?
And the Romulans have now salvaged a wrecked Borg Cube!!!! The Cube is like a cosmic dice, cos things are looking very dicey! LOL.
The Return of Locutus of Borg!
Come on, you know you want it.